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Funding For R&D In New Zealand – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 1:14 pm | Science Media Centre

Research, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Megan Woods has today announced $401.3 million funding for research and development through Budget 2020 and the COVID Response and Recovery Fund. The fund includes $150 million for an R&D loan scheme, ... More >>

Understanding 5G Concerns – Expert Q&A

Friday, 29 May 2020, 12:51 pm | Science Media Centre

Recent attacks on cell phone towers have brought concerns over the rollout of 5G technology into sharp relief. While scientific research has consistently shown that the technology does not adversely affect human health , public concerns about its ... More >>

UPDATED Action For Healthy Waterways Package - Expert Reaction V2

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 1:47 pm | Science Media Centre

The Government has announced new rules and regulations to clean up New Zealand’s waterways and protect them from future pollution. The Action for Healthy Waterways package sets higher standards around the cleanliness of swimming spots, includes ... More >>

Action For Healthy Waterways - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 12:39 pm | Science Media Centre

  The Action for Healthy Waterways package sets higher standards around the cleanliness of swimming spots, includes a new bottom line for nitrogen toxicity, sets controls for farming practices like winter grazing and how much synthetic fertiliser ... More >>

Government Releases Contact Tracing App - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 4:30 pm | Science Media Centre

  The New Zealand Government has released a contact tracing app to help people keep a record of their movements amidst Alert Level 2. The announcement comes after weeks of uncertainty regarding when, and if, it would arrive and what technology ... More >>

Tamariki Head Back To School - Expert Reaction

Sunday, 17 May 2020, 4:50 pm | Science Media Centre

Schools and Early Learning Centres will re-open tomorrow under Alert Level 2 All children can go to school or Early Learning Services, with the exception of those who are sick, showing COVID-19 symptoms, in isolation, or awaiting for the result ... More >>

Budget 2020: Expert Reactions

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 4:48 pm | Science Media Centre

The Government has published its Budget 2020 'Rebuilding Together' this afternoon, announcing a $50 billion to deliver a COVID-19 response and economic recovery plan. Among several announcements, the Budget includes a $3 billion infrastructure investment ... More >>

Viral Mutations, Lineages, And Strains – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 2:40 pm | Science Media Centre

A pre-print study says there is a new, quickly spreading mutation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The study – which has no t been peer reviewed – also suggests the mutations could affect vaccine or treatment development. The SMC asked experts to comment on ... More >>

Tip-toeing out of lockdown

Friday, 8 May 2020, 3:45 pm | Science Media Centre

Promising milestones and a glimpse of life at Level 2 has raised hopes - but is it too soon to ease restrictions? More >>

Science Journalism Fund COVID-19 winners awarded

Friday, 8 May 2020, 3:38 pm | Science Media Centre

Seven new projects will be funded in the special COVID-19 round of the Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund. More >>

Tourism in a trans-Tasman bubble – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 7 May 2020, 9:16 am | Science Media Centre

The Prime Minister’s commitment to a “COVID-safe Travel Zone” between Australia and New Zealand could give our tourism industry a key opportunity to recover from the impact of the pandemic. More >>

Closing Coronavirus Clusters – Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 5 May 2020, 1:09 pm | Science Media Centre

The Ministry of Health closed two COVID-19 clusters at the weekend, meaning there have been no transmissions from them in 28 days. Thirteen of the sixteen clusters are still considered active, although many have not seen a new case in a significant ... More >>

Zero New Cases Of COVID-19 - Expert Reaction

Monday, 4 May 2020, 5:32 pm | Science Media Centre

  For the first day in months, there have been no newly detected cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. While Ministry of Health Director-General Dr Ashley Bloomfield called the figure "encouraging," he said the real test would come later ... More >>

The Latest On Potential COVID-19 Treatments - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 30 April 2020, 4:50 pm | Science Media Centre

  The US is considering fast-tracking the antiviral drug remdesivir for use in treating COVID-19 patients. However, two studies announced today give conflicting results on the drug's effectiveness. Meanwhile the pool of evidence around other ... More >>

Unusual COVID-19 Symptoms - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 30 April 2020, 4:28 pm | Science Media Centre

  The Ministry of Health has updated its definition of COVID-19 symptoms to include a loss of smell. New suspected symptoms continue to be reported across the world, including reports of Kawasaki disease in children with COVID-19 in the ... More >>

Employment After Lockdown - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 28 April 2020, 6:12 pm | Science Media Centre

An estimated 400,000 New Zealanders have returned to work today. But it's still not known when the rest of the workforce will be able to get back to their jobs, and the Social Development Minister today said unemployment will rise before it improves ... More >>

Saliva Tests For COVID-19 – Expert Reaction

Friday, 24 April 2020, 4:06 pm | Science Media Centre

New research, led by New Zealander Dr Anne Wyllie, suggests that saliva samples may be more sensitive to detecting SARS-CoV-2 than invasive nasopharyngeal swabs. The authors, based at Yale School of Public Health in the USA, suggest the use of ... More >>

Getting Sick In Lockdown – Expert Reaction

Friday, 24 April 2020, 8:59 am | Science Media Centre

Despite the dramatic reduction in social interaction at Alert Level 4, some of us are still getting sick with conditions that are normally spread through social contact. The prevalence of colds and flu has fallen under lockdown, but it is still possible ... More >>

Healthcare Resources At Alert Level 3 – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 22 April 2020, 12:10 pm | Science Media Centre

New Zealand will move to Alert Level 3 in less than one week’s time, with various implications for the healthcare system. One of the key criteria for moving to Level 3, established by the Government last week, was that New Zealand must have “capacity ... More >>

Buying And Selling At Level 3 - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 21 April 2020, 1:11 pm | Science Media Centre

  New Zealand will move from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 at 11:59pm on Monday, 27 April, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced yesterday. Last week, the Government clarified which businesses will be able to resume trading under Alert ... More >>